Commercial Aviation News

The latest news and analysis about new airlines and airliners entering service, new routes being opened up by the world’s many carriers, their cabin offerings, and many other topics can be found here. From the future of one long-haul aircraft type to the retirement of another, the mix of airliners that the airlines operate is changing.

Airlines continue to grow in number in Asia while Europe sees operators fold in their challenging mature market but new routes between the two continents continue to be opened. Alliances between airlines shift and mergers have seen fewer airlines in North America while carriers in the Far East have proliferated. Despite China’s dominance in manufacturing and a strong export sector, air freight has stagnated on long-haul routes while internet shopping boosts the industry’s short-haul profitability.

Airlines are constantly having to adopt new technologies and tactics to deal with increasing volumes of passengers, security threats and environmental challenges. More and more biofuels are being approved for use and airlines in recent years have used them for revenue earning flights, while also investing in the most efficient engines.

Last passenger Boeing 747-400 built retired

The final passenger -400 example ever to be produced by the American aircraft manufacturer has been withdrawn from use

Embraer reveals how many aircraft it delivered in 2020

The airframer was hit hard by the COVID-19 crisis and a failed partnership with Boeing

How a Utair Boeing 737 hit a snowbank upon landing

After the airline initially cited wind shear as the cause of the incident, investigators have now come to a completely different conclusion

Virgin Atlantic to host lockdown quiz with ultimate top prize

Once in a lifetime prizes are up for grabs, while the proceeds are set to go to charity

Air Canada officially unveils A220 retro livery

Ahead of its first flight, the specially painted jet breaks cover for the first time

AerCap to acquire US lessor GECAS

The world’s largest aircraft leasing company has agreed to purchase 100% of its rival as the aviation industry continues to struggle due to the pandemic

Icelandair to integrate domestic and international operations

The flag carrier aims to streamline its route network to include simple domestic connections

UK government to consult on cutting domestic air passenger duty

While the aviation industry welcomed the news, Wizz Air UK’s managing director exclusively told Key.Aero that aviation tax reforms could create some “proper competition for the railways”

In pictures: Wizz Air’s spectacular four-aircraft flypast

The low-cost carrier was welcomed to Wales following an amazing flypast enjoyed by thousands

Boeing 737 MAX in-service fleet rises above 100

After peaking at 360 in early 2019, the embattled jet has reached a small milestone in its road to recovery

Corporate and Business Aviation News

On this page you will find the latest news on airlines expanding their fleets and changes in aircraft types, covering a wide range of airlines, countries and regions, whether it’s the growing regions of Asia and Africa or the more mature markets of Europe and North America.

Airlines are also examining new technologies and greater fuel efficiencies on the ground with electric power for taxiing. When passengers board the aircraft they have their faces recognised by a computer instead of airline staff checking boarding passes. Security threats were once hijacking terrorists, but now conflict zones’ airspaces are to be avoided and virus carrying passengers pose a problem for crew and customers alike.

Airlines across the planet are expanding their fleets and sometimes ordering as many aircraft as they have in service or even up to two to three times more. The aim of many airlines is to have the youngest fleet with the most efficient engines, and that may see a mix of orders and leasing. Aircraft development is seeing more truly international collaboration, from Airbus absorbing the Bombardier C series to Boeing and its joint venture with Brazil’s Embraer. Markets are seeing strategic manoeuvres by major players.

In business aviation, the corporate jet market aimed at the time constrained executive is being teased with supersonic jets that could enter service in the 2020s. This market is also seeing onboard technical improvements so aircraft can be tracked anywhere over land and oceans. The larger the corporate jet, the more valuable the asset to be tracked and secure. Another trend in the market has been more demand for larger business aircraft and that is set to continue well into this decade. These larger aircraft are also adopting new features aimed at passenger wellbeing with lower altitude cabin air pressures and lighting that compliments the body’s natural circadian rhythms.

Keep on top of the latest news from the rest of the aviation industry including airport news and aviation engineering.

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